Close the Bases
Stop the Exercises
End the Wars
Up to 30,000* US and Australian troops will be practicing bombing, landing and raiding at Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland - just north of Rockhampton- in the NT and in WA as part of Australia-US Joint Military Exercises Operation Talisman Sabre 2009 from JULY 6 – 26 this year.
The Peace Convergence is calling for peace action to take place throughout the war games in the Shoalwater region, throughout Queensland and around Australia. Join us in saying NO! to the practicing and waging of war.
July 3-5 Committed 2 Change Festival @ Byfield
July 6-26 Autonomous Nonviolent Actions & MLK House of Nonviolence
July 10-12 Peace Convergence Weekend - Rockhampton, Qld
weekend events and activities include:
supporting NAIDOC DAY in Rockhampton July 10
* Public Meeting July 10 @ Rockhampton
* Candlelight Vigil @ Rocky July 11
* The World’s Largest Hokey Pokey Challenge July 11
* Rasayana gig Yeppoon July 11
* Beachside Peace Concert July 12 @ Yeppoon
* Peace Parade
* Barracks Blockades plus more
See what you can do to get involved. Read below!
See you there!
The Peace Convergence Team
What you can DO!
We need YOU to make this year’s Peace Convergence a success! Join us in coordinating peaceful action in the Shoalwater area or in your own region. Or why not help with:
media – join the media collective
* props – banners/placards, lanterns (for candlelight vigil) etc
* food and/or kitchen utensils, pots & pans etc for Food not Bombs (drop off at Friends of the Earth, 294 Montague Rd, West End, Brisbane or at the Peace Convergence [Riverside Tourist Park] in Rockhampton)
* Distribute posters & flyers. Download the poster or flyer from the website http://www.peaceconvergence.com
* making a donation
Donations can be made to:
Brisbane Anti-Bases Coalition
PO Box 5829 West End Qld 4101
or deposited into Brisbane Anti-Bases Coalition account: BSB 803140 a/c no. 23154672
Book for Rockhampton camping: Copy and paste the following into an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
How many are you booking for? ____
The caravan park is called Riverside Tourist Park and is $7/night per person.
If you would like more information contact the person in your city/region:
02 6684 0015
02 6689 1441
When will TS09 be held?
Australian and US forces assigned to Talisman Saber 2009 will begin to concentrate from 6 July 2009. The period between the 6 – 12 July will be used to conduct workup and force integration training to allow the armed forces of Australia and the US to act as a single cohesive and coherent force. The live phase of the Exercise will conducted from 13 - 25 July 2009. Approximately 30,000 personnel from the Australian and US forces will be participating in TS09 although this number will fluctuate depending on tasks. This number includes the crews of the naval units and the personnel supporting military aircraft. In the lead up to TS09, a number of planning events and tasks will see an increase in military personnel in some areas around Australia.
Where will TS09 be held?
TS09 will be held at a number of different locations around Australia, primarily in Queensland, Northern Territory, and the Coral Sea. Key sites include the Australian Defence Force’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Townsville Field Training Area, Cowley Beach Training Area, Bradshaw Field Training area, Delamere Range Facility, and RAAF Bases Tindal, Darwin and Townsville. There will also be a number of support sites which will be used for staging and other activities including airports in Queensland and Northern Territory (RAAF Townsville, Rockhampton, Brisbane and RAAF Darwin); Port facilities in Queensland (Brisbane, Gladstone and Alma Ports); and the Coral and Arafura Seas.